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Release of Transit Recommendations Delayed

Brent Warren Brent Warren Release of Transit Recommendations Delayed

The release of the final recommendations from a pair of high-profile plans meant to set the agenda for Columbus’ transit future has been delayed. The Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA), which started holding public meetings in April of last year for its NextGen initiative, had indicated as recently as last fall that a final report was […]

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Growth Has Columbus Region on Track to Hit 3 Million Mark by 2050

Brent Warren Brent Warren Growth Has Columbus Region on Track to Hit 3 Million Mark by 2050

Stronger-than-expected population growth in the last five years has led the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to revise its estimate for future growth in the Columbus region. The organization’s Insight2050 report — released in 2014 — predicted that an additional 500,000 people would call the seven-county Central Ohio area home by 2050. The latest numbers, […]

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COTA Looking for Help in Picking Best Corridors for Light Rail or Streetcars

Brent Warren Brent Warren COTA Looking for Help in Picking Best Corridors for Light Rail or Streetcars

There is no shortage of opinions in Columbus about whether rail should be a part of our future transit network, and the Central Ohio Transit Authority, with it’s ongoing NextGen process, is very methodically working toward an official recommendation on that front. However, before any decisions are made about what type of “premium transit” is […]

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Charlotte to Columbus: Investing in Transit Key to Growth

Brent Warren Brent Warren Charlotte to Columbus: Investing in Transit Key to Growth

Charlotte, North Carolina opened its first light rail line in November of 2007, a nine-mile stretch of rail extending south from downtown on which ridership soon soared. Work is now underway on extending that line another 12 miles to the north – connecting downtown to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte – while work […]

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Underground Light Rail Idea Presented as Connect Columbus Initiative Continues

Brent Warren Brent Warren Underground Light Rail Idea Presented as Connect Columbus Initiative Continues

The city’s Connect Columbus initiative continues this week with a third round of workshops designed to generate discussion about driving, walking, biking and riding in Columbus. As they’ve done in the first two week-long sessions, the city and its team of consultants will provide maps, case studies from other cities, and lots of data about […]

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Transit Proposals Beginning to Generate Discussion

Brent Warren Brent Warren Transit Proposals Beginning to Generate Discussion

The city’s new Connect Columbus initiative got started last month with multiple “plan van” appearances around town and a series of meetings on the west side. Among the proposals and ideas discussed is a look at four different “premium transit” scenarios. Should Columbus pursue a straight-line light rail system like Salt Lake City, or a […]

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Resource Accessibility a Top Issue for City Council Candidate Ibrahima Sow

Jesse Bethea Jesse Bethea Resource Accessibility a Top Issue for City Council Candidate Ibrahima Sow

Ibrahima Sow came to the United States from Senegal in 1998 with his mother and two brothers. He has lived in Columbus ever since, attending Independence High School and graduating from Ohio State University. Sow is now running for Columbus City Council, endorsed by the Franklin County Republican Party, with the goal of helping people […]

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